February 5, 2008

And speaking of classics...

If I haven't mentioned this yet, by the way, let me just say how shocked and pleased I've been by how much attention the CCLaP 100 series of essays has already been getting, even just three reviews in; among lots of interesting emails now concerning the subject, it also earned CCLaP a mention recently at MetaFilter.com, which has brought in a ton of new visitors over the last seven days. As a matter of fact, I've been receiving an increasing amount of tips from CCLaP's readers regarding other lists of so-called "classics" on the web; that's what the CCLaP 100 series is about, after all, is me reading for the first time a hundred apparent literary classics and then writing essays about whether or not I think they deserve the label. Anyway, recommendations of other classics lists I've been sent now include:

Harold Bloom's Western Canon
101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers
Anthony Burgess' Ninety-Nine Novels: The Best in English since 1939 — A Personal Choice
Baylor University's World Literature Today Top 40
National Geographic's 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time
Kenneth Rexroth's Classics Revisited (Note that this last list was compiled by CCLaP reader Ken Knabb; he's also put together his own online guide to world literary canon)

And don't forget, this is on top of the lists used to determine the CCLaP 100 titles in the first place:

The Everyman's Library 100 Essentials
Winners of the Pulitzer Prize
Modern Library's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century
Project Gutenberg's Top 100 Downloaded Authors
Winners of the Hugo Award

Anyway, feel free to list other online guides to the classics in the comments below, if you know of any you'd like to recommend; and thanks again for all the kind words regarding the CCLaP 100 essay series so far. Glad to see that people are actually liking them instead of being fatally bored!

Filed by Jason Pettus at 2:46 PM, February 5, 2008. Filed under: CCLaP 100 | CCLaP news | Literature | Literature:Fiction |